New York Magazine has a new interview with Quentin Tarantino, which was published by Vulture for the web. It tackles numerous topics including the state of Hollywood cinema, The Hateful Eight, and Tarantino’s career in general.
Titles from the horror genre came up a couple of times beyond the disappointing financial performance of Grindhouse, which Tarantino referred to as a time when he was “definitely less confident” in his career that at any other point.
Interviewer Lane Brown asked him what his favorite movies of the year have been. He indicated that he hadn’t seen much of anything as he has been working on his own movie, but that he loved Kingsman and “really liked It Follows“. Brown asked him what he liked about it, and he said:
It was the best premise I’ve seen in a horror film in a long, long, long time. It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great.
On how it could have been great:
He could have kept his mythology straight. He broke his mythology left, right, and center.
Later in the interview, he was asked if there are any franchises he would want to direct. You might find his response to that one interesting:
I could have imagined doing the first Scream. The Weinsteins were trying to get Robert Rodriguez to do it. I don’t even think they thought I would be interested. I actually didn’t care for Wes Craven’s direction of it. I thought he was the iron chain attached to its ankle that kept it earthbound and stopped it from going to the moon.
Obviously Scream went on to become a bonafide classic of the genre, but one can’t help but wonder what it would have been like with Tarantino steering the ship. It certainly would have been a completely different film, but no doubt with just as many references to other films.
Of course Tarantino and Rodriguez would collaborate on From Dusk Till Dawn, which Dimension released the same year it released Scream. Interestingly enough, both franchises are in the middle of television series nearly 20 years later.
If you’re a Tarantino fan, be sure to give the full interview a read. It’s lengthy and full of good stuff.